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good morning, america. and breaking this morning. hurricane warnings across the gulf coast as isaac gathers strength in open water. the path shifting west again. now target ignorance, with a storm surge and up to 20 inches of rain. sam leads our extreme weather team coverage. convention scramble. mitt romney's big week starts out overshadowed by the storm. diane sawyer leads our coverage from a very wet tampa, florida. gas price spike as oil plat foorms and refineries go into lockdown. the price for a gallon of gas going up at this hour. and runaway ride. the unbelievable high-speed chase caught on tape. a driver trapped in her speeding suv. hurtling at speeds of 115 miles
an hour. >> i'm coming up on a bunch of cars. i'm so scared. >> now she's meeting the stranger who helped save her life. and a good monday morning to everyone. >> it's dry here. >> it is. but no elsewhere. we're going to show you live pictures of key west. tropical storm isaac lashing the florida keys. big winds, rain, we take a look at the satellite picture. isaac, right now, still a tropical storm. about to churn into the gulf off the west coast of florida. sam will have the latest in just a minute. >> moving a little farther west. diane sawyer there in the tampa convention center. it's sloppy there. we know the convention will open
today. the hall, hope we have her -- a shot of diane. the hall won't get much more crowded than it is right now. there she is. everything's been canceled except a symbolic opening gavel. >> that's right. 2:00 eastern time right up there. five minutes later, they're going the adjourn. a lot of fired up delegates put on pause. i'll show you in a little bit here what it's like to come in this morning and also tell you mb more about how complicated this is for this convention. >> a real balancing act. let's get to the latest on tropical storm isaac. sam is heading the extreme weather team on the front lines from florida to new orleans. sam is in naples, florida. good morning, sam. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we're live here on vanderbilt beach in naples, florida. the waters have chopped up in
the last couple of days. that storm is 180 miles away from us. we have tropical force winds going almost 200 miles from the sent thoefr very large, very disorganized storm. it was never organized. but capable of putting together tough weather. 60 to 65-mile-per-hour winds in miami-dade county. more than ten inches of rain in boynton beach. here where the warnings are. yes, as of last night, we started talk new orleans again. mobile, pensacola. don't focus on the center line of the storm. we believe lit stay disorganized for awhile. that may keep the number down. it may stay as a 1. this will be a slow-moving storm. not just the coastal area will
get pounded. the storm will go inland with amazingly heavy rain. inside flood sag real deal. now, one of the first people to get an up close look at the storm is our matt gutman. good morning, matt. >> hey, good morning to you, sam. isaac is about 200 miles north of here. it's clearly not gone. we're still feeling the tropical storm force winds. across the region, 20 million people will feel something of the storm today. heavy wind and rain continue to lash. school closed for about 1 million kids in florida. pow sir out in 80,000 homes. south florida avoiding a direct hit overnight. much of th state getting drenched. isaac is coiling itself around nearly the entire state. dumping up to ten inches of rain on south florida. it's a little after 1:00. the rain is coming down
sideways. nearly 750 flights grounded. that wind bending palm trees and flooding streets. the center of the storm is about half hour away. the cars are struggling to get through. the rain is coming down much harder now. still, hearty locals on their bikes header for so called hurricane parties. why are you out here? >> because we're out of dvds at home. >> reporter: wins howling through miami and ft. lauderdale. >> the wind is heard, i haven't heard it since andrew. >> reporter: andrew hit 20 years ago last week, a category 5. we have seen about three feet of storm surge. the wind and rain putting a lot of water on shore. flooding in downtown key west. official here say they'll be back to partying as early as tomorrow. robin? >> matt, thank you. and isaac's path shifting west.
new orleans in its path. forecasters are now saying tropical storm isaac could become a hurricane by the time it reaches new orleans. ginger zee is there in the big easy. good morning, ginger. >> reporter: good morning, robin. this is one of many new structures post katrina. it's a series of gates and pumps. that wall over there separates the 17th street canal and lake pontchartrain. we just got a tour. they say new orleans is ready. the gulf is prepared for isaac. from pensacola to new orleans, emergency declarations, evacuations, and action. >> i've got gasoline for my lawn mower for my chain saw. i have water. food at home. i think i'm set. >> reporter: tourists and those
who live along the gulf coast being told the get out now or start preparing to leave later today. >> we considered staying an extra night. we decided to head out today. >> reporter: overnight, 50,000 already evacuated from their homes in southeast louisiana's lake charles parish. >> if you're called upon to leave, you should leave. >> whatever happens happens. >> reporter: and in the big easy, life is anything but. people now lining up to fill gas tanks. and sandbags. while the army believes levees will hold, new orleans' mayor is stressing that the superdome and other public buildings will not serve as shelters this time. further south, plaquemines parish son high alert. >> we're seeing hundreds of phone calls, people stopping by the office here. what should they do? how bad is it going to be? is it another katrina?
>> i would recommend to our people, hope and pray for the best as we prepare for the worst. >> reporter: izic is also now postponing the seventh annual commemorative ceremony for katrina in saint befornard pari. the real work of the convention will now begin tuesday. jon karl is outside the convention center. >> reporter: we have had a lot of wind and rain. convention officials are watching is isaac bearing down elsewhere on the gulf coast. the worst of isaac's wrath is bypassing tampa. the storm forced republicans to cancel one day of their convention and now threatens to overshadow the rest. the party chairman said republicans will be age to do in three days everything they planned to do in four.
have you had to eliminate speakers? >> no, we haven't had to eliminate anybody. >> reporter: how did you do that? >> shortened speeches. cutting a little bit here and there. maybe a few presentations. not eliminating speakers. >> reporter: the republican governors of florida, alabama, and louisiana, are now skipping the convention to deal with the storm. the governor of florida predicts no further disruptions. >> i'm confident it will be great convention. >> reporter: outside, the convention is being fortified with sandbags in case of flooding. all of the delegates have already arrived in tampa. they're ready to move forward. >> come on down to tampa. it's great. >> reporter: on day one, tomorrow, mitt romney will formally receive the nomination and the keynote address will be from new jersey's tough-talking governor, chris christie. the most anticipated speech of the night, perhaps of the convention, may be ann romney's.
>> how is the speech? >> she's great. >> reporter: on sunday, mitt romney talked about the importance of his wife, ann in his life. >> she's good at seeing things in ways that others don't see them and being able to provide that openly to me and i value it highly. >> reporter: the biggest problem is optics. nobody wants to have a big problem here while another city on the gulf coast gets ravaged by a hurricane. >> thanks, jon. let's go to diane. i'm looking forward to joining you tomorrow. you had to make your way through sloppiness this morning. >> we did. i cannot wait to see you, george. it will be great to have you here. it's not getting the delegates here, the 2,000 delegates or the 20,000 people that will fill the stadium. we came in this morning to a lot of slosh. you could get into puddles up to your ankles.
the gusts of wind would blow you against the wall sometimes. that wasn't the problem. the problem, as jon just said is this. how to have a muted pep rally. and if people are in harm's way. i want to show you something right here and up in the ceiling. those are 120,000 balloons waiting to drop. they have to make this decision minute by minute with their fingertips. it's tough. >> they know if they are muted in the pep rally, they're sharing the screen all week long with the possibility of a hurricane hitting new orleans on the anniversary of katrina. >> you know, george, i just lost your audio. but i'm going assume that you're asking me about the job to be done here. and because i thing one of the big thing they have to get done here is address some of our new poll numbers coming in. because our poll numbers show that it's virtually tied. coming in. not unusual. but there's an issue. more people, more people trust romney on the economy, but they
think he favors the wealthy over the middle class. there's a lot of work to get done here in terms of arding this issue of the middle class and his relate blt. that will be coming up. by the way, i want you the know, i'm getting ready to head off and meet with the five romney sons who are waiting for me upstairs. one of the things they want to address is who their father really is along with ann romney, as jon karl said. >> thanks, diane. looking forward to that on "world news" tonight. tomorrow, i'll join diane in prime time at 10:00 eastern. robin? also, always good to see diane. joining us now is the director of the national hurricane center is dr. rick knabb. the rnc has been delay t a day. what concerns you most right now? what areas of the gulf concern you the most?
>> the northern gulf coast. that's the zone in which people need to take today to prepare and listen very closely to what their cloakle emergency managememanage ment officials with telling them. a tropical storm we're f forecasting to become a hurricane approaches. the center of circulation will come ashore sometime tuesday, tuesday fight. today is preparation day. >> i'm glad you mentioned they go downhill right before. it's now forecasted to be a category 1. over the weekend, we saw it as high as 3. a lot of people remember katrina, almost seven years ago. it built strength before it made landfall. is that always a concern? >> certainly. yesterday, the forecast was a category 2 at landfall. this morning, it's for category 1. isaac has not cooperated with us exactly. in following what we think the
intensity is going to be, two, and three days out. i want to urge folks, first of all, not to concentrate preparations on the current intensity. concentrate on the fact that we're forecasting a hurricane. we urge people to be ready for one a number stronger than we forecast. >> dr. knabb, thank you very much. take care. stay tuned to your local abc stations. the storm, if you're not in its path, still wreaking havoc. we're going begin with gas prices on the rise. tropical storm isaac is the latest looming threat to our wallets. this is a perfect storm for major spike from prices. rob nelson here this morning with all the details. good morning, rob. >> reporter: good morning, josh. we have seen this before. storms in the dpufl threatening
oil production, causing a spike in gas prices. as of now, it's too early to tell just how much damage isaac will have. prices have already been rising. take a look at this. right now, the national average is about $3.75 a gallon. that is 15 cents higher than we were paying about this time last year. seven cents higher than just a few weeks ago. one may jr. reason, disruptions in global oil supplies. this massive fire at an oil refinery in venezuela over the weekend. if isaac does develop into the storm we all fear in the gulf, it would be another blow in the vulnerable oil supply. the gulf accounts for more than 20% of u.s. oil prux. lots of reasons to keep our fingers crossed. josh? >> one of the things we'll be keeping our eyes on. rob nelson, thank you for that.
if you're renting a car for your next get away, overnight, we learned hertz is buying rival dollar thrifty. some fear it will drive price is higher because of less competition. many people in southern california are on edge after a storm of earthquakes. hundreds of them struck the region, most of them small. some greater than magnitude 5. they were centered around the town of brawley. groceries fell from shelves. 20 mobile homes were knocked from their foundations. the continued aftershocks were alarming. dramatic video here. a government helicopter on fire in syria, spiralling to the ground after apparently being shot down by rebels. meantime, activists are reporting the worst mass killing yet, as many as 300 people, including women and children, have reportedly been killed by
syrian government forces. and in a frightening scene at a country fair if penn opinion. way squn ward bull on a rampage, sending dozens of people running for their lives. it was being unloaded for a rodeo. some fairgoers jumped over booths. also, finally an unusual art exhibit making headlines. five women have been chosen to take turns sleeping at a museum in the you crane. as they sleep, men cauwalking around are allowed to kiss them. if the woman opens her eyes after being kissed, she and the man who kised her are contractually obligated to get married. >> i love when george starts laughing. >> it's great story. is there they have a lot of time
on their hands. >> wow. >> and we're going to -- we'll have as news warrants, we'll have more on that. >> i see it. i see it happening. it is art. it is art. let's get back the sam. isaac is the story of the morning. good morning, sam. >> good morning, everybody. we stand on vanderbilt beach here in naples. if you have ever been on this beach, the reason you come here is the gorgeous white sand and the flat, flat, flat water that runs forever. yesterday, the water was pulled out a bit. kidding were playing on a sand bar that you normally don't get to see. now as the storm is off, the water pushes back on shore. we're getting water to the edge of the beach. let's deal with what is going on elsewhere in the nation today. we'll show you where the big heat is. denver maybe near a record here. the heat will spread across the country. one area of strong storms that will pop up today along this
temperature at 84 degrees. humid as we go throughout the days by tomorrow, another chance for showers in the forecast as a cold front approaches the yeah and moves through. we dry out in to wednesday, that pattern will continue in to the end of the week. >> isaac has been a constantly shifting and changing storm. it's threatened a lot of the coastline in the south. it continues to threaten more in the gulf. stay with us. you'll not be surprised by where this storm is going. we're all over the place, including in new orleans, as you have seen. >> we know you're on top of it. coming up on "gma," a prominent doctor arrested for his wife's murder years after she drowned. why his own daughter helped put him behind bars. a woman's gas pedal stuck. how 911 helped her steer clear of disaster. the house is bracing for now revelations.
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now we'll tell you who number 13, lucky number 13 is for "dancing with the stars." the all-star edition. there they are. hard to tell. >> if i had to guess, i'm not sure who it could be. we'll tell you coming up. >> it was also the dance partner with them. you don't try to -- try to save a little bit. >> you don't really know, do you? >> who could that be. >> we're having fun this morning. that is later. the prominent doctor and father of eight arrested for aljedly murdering his wife. he makes his first court appearance this morning. police say his wife's 2007 run to -- drowning death was no accident. >> reporter: good morning, robin. this morning, martin mcneill is scheduled to be arraigned for murder much to his daughters'
relief. they say they have been living in fear for their lives for the last month since he was released from prison on check fraud. a 911 call from a seemingly desperate husband just discovering his wife's lifeless body this their bathtub. a tragic accident he said. >> did you get her out of the water? >> i can't. i couldn't get the water out. >> reporter: now, five years later, he's about to stand trial for first degree murder, accused of killing his wife, michelle in 2007. this morning, vipd occasion for alexis and sister rachel. from the day their mother died until the moment of their father's arrest on friday, they've been leading the charge against the man they once called dad. >> the father i loved never existed.isted family tale that dpan when this doctor and father of seven turned 50. his daughters say he became obsessed with his looks,
starting to tan and exercise obsessively. their mother began to suspect an affair. then mcneil began to focus on his 50-year-old wife's looks. >> he had a plan to murder my mother. this was part of his plan. >> reporter: while caring for her mother post surgery, she heard a bomb shell. >> she said alexis, if anything happens to me, make sure it wasn't your father. a couple of days later, she was dead. >> reporter: an initial autopsy report said she died of natural causes. authorities now believe she was drugged and drowned by her husband. >> my waif's fallen in the bathtub. >> is she conscious? >> she's not. >> reporter: he had just arrived after picking up his then 6-year-old daughter from school. in a series of screaming 911 calls, he hung up on the operator three times in five minutes. dug that time, prosecutors say he removed his wife's papts,
lied to the dispatcher about performing cpr and gave the wrong address to his resident, further delaying the responders. prosecutors believe he gave his wife a dangerous combination of drugs. >> she was concerned that the autopsy be done right away, because he was very concerned. that he would be suspected of murder. >> reporter: if a statement to abc news, mcneil's lawyer continues to deny that he killed his wife and is confident the truth will set him free. >> we know he's guilty. we know he'll harm again if let out. he'll come after us. . >> reporter: mcneil's youngest daughter is now 11 years old. she'll likely have to testify. if found guilty, mcneil could get a life sentence or perhaps the death penalty if the d.a. seeks it. high-speed car chase caught
on tape. her gas pedal stuck, the driver zoomed for a crowded interstate, begging 911 for help. that call saved her life. we were there when she met her savior at the other end of the line. >> reporter: amazing story. the woman behind the wheel of the runaway suv said she noticed something was wrong when the steering wheel started to shake. her first thought was to call her husband. when neither could figure out how to stop the car, she made a call to 911. >> oh, my god, i'm scared to debt. >> reporter: as lori begins losing control of her suv, she reaches for a lifeline. her cell phone. >> i'm coming up on a bunch of cars. god, i'm so scared. >> reporter: she was heading home on interstate 35 august 19th when her accelerator got stuck. her car rapidly increasing in
speed. >> i know you're scared. have you put your car in neutral? >> i can't get it to move. >> are you able to hit your brax? >> i've tried everything. >> reporter: police begin following her. the nearly 45-minute long nightmare on tape. at times, her black suv speeding as fast as 115 miles hper hour. swerving to dodge cars. one hand tight on the wheel, she narrates her ride to a 911 operator. >> oh, god, i have two semis. i'm going 108 miles an hour. >> she's going 108 miles an hour. >> reporter: finally, the dispatcher tells her to lift up on the stuck accelerator while pushing down on her brake. it works. when the car stops, she's shaken. but she's managed to avoid hitting any other cars, something she credits the voice on the other end of the phone,
911 dispatcher kelly greek. >> i'm so glad to be hugging you. >> reporter: "gma" was there sunday when they met for the first time. >> thank gosh she was there. she literally was my lifeline. >> reporter: a friendship forged from the most unlookly of situations. >> i'm just so glad you're sitting here with me right now. >> me, too. >> reporter: lori's suv was a kia sorrento. they released a statement. they say the tech in additions have been unable to duplicate the incident. she refuses to get behind the wheel of that suv ever again. >> she's an amazing driver. let's get the weather from sam. >> good morning, george, robin. we're standing in naples on the beach. let me tell you this storm is still very disorganized. it's still sitting out there in
the gulf. though the forecast has been trended downwards, we can't take our eyes off the storm nor a minute. it hasn't followed most storm tracks. we'll watch it strengthen over the next 24 hours and head for the northern gulf coast. new orleans, to mobile, from morgan city to destin should be watching the storm. it's not just coastal impact. we have to watch the rain once it drives inland. power outages, trees down. from mobile to jackson, to atlanta. stay up with your local abc stations. look at the west coast. where the temperatures are normal, l.a., you should be at about 80, 81. inland, the numbers are firing hot. we're live in naples. we'll not leave you without
>> we are live in naples, florida, we're also live in the key, all along the gulf, well into new orleans this morning following isaac. robin, george, josh, lara? >> thank you, sam. what is next for prince harry? has the palace become a dog house? can cause acid erosion. the enamel starts to wear down. and you can't grow your enamel back. i was quite surprised, as only few as four exposures a day what that can do to you. it's quite a lesson learned. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel. because it helps to strengthen the enamel. he recommended that i use it every time i brush. you feel like there is something that you're doing to help safeguard against the acid erosion. and i believe it's doing a good job.
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will report back for duty this week. word is he'll be getting a dressing down by his bosses, no pun intended, of course. and he'll miss out on a month's pay. speaking of missing, he's been m.i.a. since that weekend away. ever since the party prince set foot on home soil after bearing it all in these infamous pictures posted on tmz, he's been aing low and on lockdown. reportedly at the behest of his father and the security team, he's been stage out of the public eye. he and prince william took down their facebook accounts over the weekend. he had hundreds of face book friends, reportedly going under the pseudonym spike wells. his wingman on that weekend have lost access. after a few private shots
emerged of them partying in the caribbean the week before. >> it's despicable that someone would take up his hospitality and betray him. >> reporter: his friends may have his back but it doesn't sound like his girlfriend does. cressida is fed up with his wild side and dumping him. >> she's only 23. and, i don't think she really needs this. you know, plastered naked across the internet and ogling other women. >> reporter: it can't be easy to see the guy you're dating like this on the cover of britain's best-selling tabloid. "the sun's" owner, rupert murdoch, broke the palace ban by putting the picture on the front page. seasoned he tweeteded a tri-- treated advice to young harry.
avoid play mates with cameras. he says we should be giving harry a break. he may not get it anytime soon. since that weekend, more people are coming forward with claims of raunchy videos and pictures of the prince. palace officials are bracing the themselves for more. >> thank you, lama. coming up, josh with a special rush hour "play of the day." and who is the final contestant to join "dancing with the stars." it's viewer's choice. >> i think it's him. their steaks onight we sd with walmart's choice premium steak. it's a steakover! tender. really tender. the steak itself is phenomenal. it's so juicy. this steak is perfect. these are carefully aged for flavor and tenderness. it's probably the best steak i've had. tonight you are actually eating walmart steak. are you serious? wow. i'll get some steaks from walmart. walmart choice premium steak in the black package. it's one hundred percent satisfaction guaranteed.
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storms, look now in mount airy, cloud cover now, that will continue as we go throughout the day. we will get sunshine as well. hour by hour forecast, in to lunchtime, temperature 82 degrees, 84 by 3:00 p.m. drier weather in here for wednesday. now a check of the traffic. good morning, we have a crash, bel air bypass, problems persist, another accident on route 32, along the eastbound lanes at 95. if you are using the jfx, there is nothing to get in you ways the beltway is jammed. a live look, bel air, inner loop slow down to 95. the outer loop is packed towards towson. katie couric's new show starts september 10th at 4:00.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] great monday morning crowd. they're back. we're talking about the wonderful dancers from the dance studios. they're here for a big announcement from the ballroom. in just a moment, we'll find out who the final contestant is going to be. we'll reveal the dancer and their pro partner. i have no idea who that could be. we're also going to have an incredible transformation. "american idol" star mandisa. she lost 100 pounds with no surgery, no gimmicks. she'll be singing here live. >> i remember when simon gave
her such a hard time about her weight. >> that made me so angry. this is the biggest justice ever. go, mandisa. we're so excited to talk to you. want to talk about this latest trend on campuses for the new school year. extreme dorm room makeovers. students and their parents spending thousands of dollars to give those tiny quarters a taste of home. we did that for the lockers last year. rugs, chandeliers. >> was that last year? >> yes. >> boy, time goes. and superchef richard blaze here life. who can guess the exciting secret ingreed yents of his tasty makeovers of every day dishes. another look at tropical storm isaac. the storm's already battered south florida with fierce winds and high surf. it weakened a bit overnight.
could become a hurricane by the time it slams into the gulf coast between louisiana and the florida panhandle. matt gutman joins us from key west, florida. it appears to have dodged a bullet. >> reporter: the sun just peeped through the first time in about 24 hours. we're still getting tropical storm-force winds here. about 40 miles an hour, even though isaac is well over 200 miles to the north here. it gives you a sense how broad this storm is. 20 million people across the region are going the feel some sort of impact today. in florida, 1 million kids out of school. between 80,000 and 100,000 people out of power across the state. the storm surge, the waves have dumped a lot on the shores here. officials here say they'll be
back in business in 24 hours. >> a sliver of good news. matt gutman. sam will update isaac's track in a little bit. meantime, energy companies are scrambling to evacuate workers from oil and natural gas platforms in the gulf. if plants are closed, it could lead to a spike in gas prices for at least the next few weeks. meanwhile, today's opening session of the republican national convention in tampa has been canceled because of isaac. there will be a symbolic gathering this afternoon. republicans get into full swing tomorrow are shortened speeches. virtually all the delegates are have arrived in tampa. the latest poll out this morning, romney has 47% of the vote compared to 46% for the
president. when it comes to the economy, 50% trust romney, 43% favor the president. just days after lance armstrong gave up his fight of the anti-doping situation. the head of the anti-doping agency tells "usa today" that a armstrong might have been able to keep five of the titles because of the statute of limitations had he come clean. the american academy of pediatrics says health benefits like reducing infection outway any risks to circumstancision. a rather controversial rally in asheville, north carolina. a go topless event to champion
women's rights. it's not against the law to go topless in north carolina. some towns have passed local bans. some in ashville are hoping their city will, too. championing women's rights. >> and here, too. >> lara's mother is here. >> i'm sorry. mom, mom, it was all we had. >> ear muffs, mom. put them on. >> she's just glad it was not in "pop news." and speaking of -- >> good morning to you all and to you. sometimes after breakup, people change their look. it's a signal they want a fresh start. i would say it's usually ladies who do things like cut their hair. in this case, it's our friend, rock star john mayer. he let go of katy perry and his locks at one time. he cut dies with katy last week. day later, he cut his hair.
he showed off the new look at l.a.'s sky bar saturday night. he looks rather handsome. >> he looks good. >> no? no weighing in? >> i'll abstain. >> back to his old look. hollywood heart throb ryan gosling thinks women are into him because he's a good listener. that might be the case. or it could be this. >> that, too. >> i don't know. listener. a six pack. but he says in a new interview he thinks women are attracted to him because his mom and his big sister taught him to respect women and he's always felt a strong emotional connection to them. i'm sure that is what attracting people like blake lively, rachel mcadams and eva mendes to him. >> he seems like a nice guy.
stop staring at the monitor. >> that was something for you ladies in the morning. he does seem like a nice guy. >> he's a good listener. this is a pop quiz for you. omg, i was totally intextcated. what did i just say? >> i have no idea. >> you were teking someone but didn't have wireless. >> intextcation, you're oblivious. you're speaking to someone and they don't hear you. i'm looking at you right now. >> nope. >> ringxiety is stress when you hear your ring tone and hear somebody else's phone. >> or it goes off on the set. >> yes, that's happened, too. >> a not spot is a spot with no cell. >> that gt a rot of play. >> these are now published in a thesaurus. among the nontechnology words,
butters, means ugly. i won't tell you how they came up with that. >> glamping. these words have to stand the test of time to get into the dictionary. they're now on their way. >> it's like becoming a saint. they move along? >> yes, yes. in textication. >> glamping? it will hang on. >> don't explain butters. >> that's right. exactly. let's get the weather from sam. >> good morning, everybody. i totally get intexticated. i get it. we're live in vanderbilt beach in naples. watching the waves. florida will get these waves of rain coming across the state of florida and connecting with isaac and still feeding. the south flow along the coastline. we'll get a burst of rain. it's much better. take a look at this storm. what we have been seeing is a
little bit of intensification. still not what you would expect for a storm in this position of the gulf. just know that they are forecasting this storm. they believe they have the direction down. even if they don't have the strength down yet. follow with us, step by step you don't want to be it's like having a toddler on the staircase. you cannot take your eyes off of it the. it's someone from morgan city, louisiana, to destin, florida, you have to be watching this storm carefully. we have big heat in the denver area spreading through the week around the rest of the country. another headline along with a cold front full of storms that moves through chicago into the
>> and we're live in ft. meyers as we watch the storm pull into the gulf. lara, tell robin folks have been coming by the beach here today all morning long. yes, they brought coffee. they've been coming along to tell robin how much they love her and are with her. we're saying hello to folks just coming by and they want to send robin her best. will you tell her that for me? >> thank you, sam. please thank them. later this morning, we're going let people know when my last day will be before i begin medical leave. the journey continues. thank you, sam. appreciate that. >> can i also deliver it again? because sam told me to. even loves you, robin.
>> i can hear you, sam. >> hi, sam. how about the "morning menu "? so who did you pick to be the final contestant, number 13 on "dancing with the stars" all-star season? we'll tell you coming up. plus, mandisa's amazing weight loss trance formation. how she lost more than 100 pounds. she wants to inspire you to do the same. and extreme dorm room makeovers. why college kids are getting a little martha stewart. making their rooms feel like home. all that coming up on "gma," live thefrom times square. i was living with this all-over pain.
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♪ whatever lola wants ♪ lola gets ♪ and, little man ♪ little lola wants you ♪ i've been looking for you all night. ♪ thank you. ♪ whatever lola wants ♪ ♪ whatever lola wants [ cheers and applause ] and now, for the most exciting reveal of "dancing with the stars" all-star edition so far. we're about to tell you who the final contestant is. sit sabrina bryan?
kyle massey, carson kressley? we'll tell you who won in just a minute. first, here's a look. it's the heatle election of 2012. sfw vote for kyle. >> vote carson. >> vote for me. >> and the viewer's choice continues have been hitting the floor hard. >> on the goodyear blimp. this is awesome. >> i'm your man. >> vote for me, i promise i'll make you proud. >> yes, i can can. >> campaign promises. >> i'm going bring the fun, the sparkle, and the hot pants. >> whose base turned out? will sabrina bryan be the comeback kid after season five's shocker? >> this is total madness the. this girl should be in the final. >> did the tootsie roll express carry season 11's mr. charisma kyle massey to the finish.
or will the nation return to its moves like jagger. >> it was all in there, jagger, swagger, and stagger. >> the polls are closed. the votes have been counted. now time to reveal america's all-star but their running mate as well. which professional dancer will join the quest? it's the moment we have all been waiting for. drum roll please. a big hand for the final celebrity -- it is -- sabrina bryan. >> hi. thank you. thank you. thank you. mwah. thanks, guys. robin! >> i'm so happy for you. you were here last week, i said put it out to the universe. and it's happened. >> it has. i'm so excited.
i'm getting teary eyed. it was a fight. carson and kyle are both amazing. we all three wanted it. so i'm the lucky one with amazing incredible fans that have stuck behind me. >> this is about redemption. i think the voters, too, said that. you left way too soon. we want you to have another chance. we have to find out who are you dancing with? who will sabrina dance with. i'll let you make the announcement. >> i'm dancing with the incredible louis van amstel. we're both so excited. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> you're putting fear in the other contestants. i'm feeling it. >> i'm feeling it. this is the first season i can knock myself out as a dancer, choreographer because she's so good. >> that is -- is that how you're going approach snit.
>> yes, from day one. we're going to knock her -- even our own sox off. >> just, everyone wants a second chance in life. what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again? >> for me, it's just -- incredible to have a second chance. for my fans. they were so supportive from the beginning. to just stick behind me and rally the troops and this entire voting thing, they've been tweeting me and facebook and so much power. this is all about them and -- i'm so lucky, his choreography is incredible. >> i know. >> it's just one of those things where i feel like the stars are aligning. i get a second chance. just like you said. so many people have so many things in life they wish they could do over. and you know, this is it. >> you got chosen by the public. that is so exciting. there was so much hype if the last three weeks.
just the fact that we couldn't say it. >> i found out on friday and i was like, i can't tell anyone. this is awful. >> congratulations. you give us a sample of what we're going to be seeing? >> oh, my gosh. >> well, i gotta be careful because of the short skirt. let's see how flexible you are. >> the premier, september 24th on abc. look at that. what do you think, lara? >> i'm thinking good things are going to happen. mwah. congratulations. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. well, more good news now. mandisa. you may remember her at the "american idol" sensation that rocked was the hechly voice. she became a three-time gammy nominee and she is ready to share another secret. first, her story.
♪ in love >> reporter: when 35-year-old mandisa hundley auditions in 2006, what was supposed to be her big break turned into heart break. judge simle cowell said this. >> do we have a bigger stage this year. >> it was just hurtful and mean. the one thing i didn't want to have happen. >> reporter: it was a life-changing moment. ♪ everybody's looking >> reporter:er mandisa found a love for zumba, began to oath healt healthy, and found a personal trainer. her goal, to lose 100 pounds. this tweet from one of her low points. i'm fed up and over it. she says her fans and religion kept her on track. by the time her hit single, "stronger" was released, she lost weight and found her
strength. here she is, mandisa, hoping her story motivates others and gives them the courage and wherewithal to lose weight. you say the new album was inspired by this journey. >> there was a time i didn't feel like getting up and going to zumba, i did everything right, i got on the scale, i gained 1.8 pounds. i took a nap. when i got up, i had hundreds of messages. >> your journey to 100. you're thesharing it with your viewers. what would you say now the simon cowell, many viewers were outraged. what would you say today? >> the same thing i said in my season. i forgave him for what he said to me. i've been forgiven for so much. i could extend the same grace.
then i would follow it up with, how do you like me now? >> we'll hear more from you coming up. >> you look fantastic. a different transformation now. so many heading off to college over the weekend. we want to let you in on a new trend. over-the-top dorm room decorating. bianna golodryga has more. ♪ >> reporter: gone are the days when college dorm rooms were the place to catch some zs or study between classes. now, college students want their rooms to feel a lot more like home. mckenzie is the eldest of four daughter and the first off to college. nervous about leaving home and missing the familiarity of her room, her mother looked into creating a more homey dorm room. >> i wanted something different. >> reporter: you didn't want the tradition dorm room? >> no. >> reporter: they found a
company called decor 2 your door. they can deck out your dorm room with wall art, chandeliers. do you find it surprising girls want to go all out? >> i'm surprised. that i have had this business, it keeps stepping up and up. this is a tremendous year for us. >> reporter: they spent $2500 for mckenzie's room. why do you thing it's worth it? >> we started out just making her room something comfortable for her. making friends she knew was not going to be as hard. feeling like at home and her room was going to be her difficult part. >> reporter: i'm digging the chandelier. >> yeah. >> reporter: her roommates, morgan and megan shelled out big bucks for matching decor. do you thing you have the best room here? >> i would say so, yeah. >> reporter: why invest in a
place you're going to stay for just a few months? >> the more comfortable the environment, the more comfortable you're going to be. >> reporter: the finished look. the dull white walls and wooden furniture barely recognizable. >> it's going to be an open environment here? you going welcome other students as well? >> we'll keep our door open. >> reporter: for "good morning america," bianna golodryga, abc news, new york. >> they did a fantastic job. you can see other photos at goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo!. coming up, richard blais. he's got a challenge. the big question, who can guess the secret ingredient first?
megan pringle. >> i'm charley crowson. on this monday, a 16-year-old student who was rushed to the hospital after hit by a car, it happened around 7:00 near the wood lawn high school. we don't know the condition of the student yet. stay with abc 2 news and abc2news.com for the latest on this story as it continues developing. viewing starts for a man known as the mayor of canton. he passed away when he was hit by a bus. he owned several restaurants, including nacoma mas. funeral is wednesday. let's check out maryland's most powerful radar. take the rain gear, we could see showers firing up, check out in annapolis, a mix of sun
and clouds, nice start over the severn river. through the hour by hour forecast for today. 84, high temperature that i'm going with. let's get a check often the time saver traffic with loren cook. we are dealing with several accidents, trouble in baltimore, a crash on northern parkway, on conway, charles street. no problems to tell you about through the tunnels. baltimore, another accident, this is going to be on route 40, ebenezer road. 695, overly, inner loop fine, outer loop slow towards towson. katie couric's talk show will air on abc 2, at 4:00 on september 10th.
♪ good morning, wake up to a brand new day ♪ that's mandisa. she'll be singing for us later. >> this is our new theme song. >> it's very much like "good afternoon america." it's good morning. it's a beautiful song. we cannot wait to hear her sing. great seeing you talk to her a bit ago. >> i love that woman. we get to enjoy the food of superstar chef, richard blais. he's keeping up guessing about secret ingredients in the dishes he's making this morning. we'll see if we can guess it. sflchblg and the social media phenomenon that is growing rapidly online. why almost everyone you know is
hooked on pinterets. >> some of any friends are going crazy about this. they love it, love it, lover it. >> my friend, matt, yesterday. the social media guru. he say this is is the most social of all social media. once you're in, once you start, you can't stop. >> why can't we get matt on "good afternoon america." >> we'll work on it. >> today? martin -- she's going toe the toe. is this fair. do women really need men? really? i think we have already got the answer to that question. we're going to drive the final nail in that coffin. also, the always hilarious rosie herz is going to join us. 2:00 eastern today. 1:00 central and pacific. one of the reasons we're on the couch. many is robin's last week at
"gma" before starting medical leave on friday. you drilled into us that great phrase, live life is a journey, not a destination. this week, we're going bring a lot of our "gma" family in on your journey. as we count off the last few days. >> i can't imagine not getting up and being here. friday will be my last day. and i will check into the hospital the following tuesday, and begin the process -- it takes about ten days after being admitted. there are things to go through before the transplant actually occurs. and what i really enjoy about this week, too. we're going the share others' stories. it's rare to have mds. mine was because of complications from the breast cancer treatment. there's a family, all three of their children have mds. and they're incredible. their story. ooel share that with you tomorrow. so many people having questions
about what exactly is this. and having a bone mare roe transplant. we've been talking about donors. my sister is a perfect match. getting a lot of time with big sis. i'm telling you. >> right there. >> she was here. she's been taking shots to help her prepare. this was yesterday, last night in my apartment. i'm just hanging on tight to sister sally. but, how people are donating and just becoming a part of the registry. but it's a -- it's been quite a journey. >> no question about that. you've shared a lot on twitter. we all saw k.j. over the weekend. >> he's been in my life almost 15 years. that's her new big brother. and i do mean big. rory. she's up in maine now. when you have a bone marrow transplant, you're susceptible
to infection. that was really hard. the things you have to go through. >> it will be okay, k.j. >> let me tell you this. i'm very blessed. because someone sent me a stat, 40% of americans cannot take a sick day. and here, disney, abc news, have been -- they've been phenomenal in just their support and i know i'm going to have a job when i come back. just the comfort. i know that is not the norm. i'm so incredible by grateful that you'll hold down the fort. >> we need you back. >> i don't want to go there yet. >> we have a lot of surprises coming up. >> no surprises. okay, thank you. robin, you have never looked more strong and beautiful. i'm not going miss you because i'm going to be on the phone with you if not banging on the glass every day.
every day. >> i'll be the girl in the bubble. girl in the bubble. >> robin, folks have been coming by and wanting to know how the get the bracelet. i don't remember the answer. do they go to bethematch or go online? >> we're working it out. the proceeds will go to bethematch. we were overwhelmed by the response. it was just for family and friends. our viewers are our family. we'll let them know later in the week. sam, thanks. >> folks coming up and seeing it and want it. they love you almost as much as we do. we're going to show you exactly what is going on. just, close. we'll show you what is happening. the brand new spaghetti model. look at the errant left blue line that swings this to houston. i just want you to be thinking about it. galveston, houston. watch the storm carefully.
i would for corpus christi to mobile to pensacola. this has been a bizarre storm to follow. the hurricane center is now just trying to figure out the path. i think they have the strength down. they're trying to figure out the path. abc stations will walk you >> and we're live on gorgeous vanderbilt beach. we feel pretty good about this part of the florida coastline. we're watching the rest of the gulf. lara? >> you're going to need an extra big lab coat because the rest of
us will be hiding under to it knock on that glass for our robin. one of the things i want to do for robin and that i love to do is give fun ideas and creative pictures. i'm constantly ripping out new pictures, you are, as well, of a new recipe, notion, design. now there's a whole new way to do this. it's wacalled pinterest. it's not tech-savvy teens soaring the success. it's grownups. looking for a little inspiration. it's got the stylings of martha stewart. tori spelling's preferred dwellings. the curiosities of katie couric and recently, reese witherspoon couldn't stop talking about. >> it's a collection of the most amazing wonderful craftiness on earth. >> reporter: there's a whole lot
of interest in pinterest. >> it's ease of use and entertainment value. >> reporter: what is it? it's a spoeshl media site that allows people to share. request membership, pin it. and begin. it's your ticket to endless eye candy. >> i'm addicted to the site. >> as soon as i started using it, i wanted to use it all the time. >> reporter: christina and mya are two powerhouse pinners. they each have thousands of images pinned. >> i would secretly tear something out of a magazine when no one else was looking. now it's fantastic that i don't have to do that anymore. >> reporter: she's amassed a following in the millions. she uses pinterest from everything to cure rating high fashion to showing people what she wants for her birthday. >> people ask me what do you like?
it's like, here, here's a link. >> reporter: she created a wedding board to plan her day. >> it was overwhelming to start planning my wedding. after a couple of months of developing this wedding board, i got great sense of what i wanted and what i really wanted that day to look like. these are my actual wedding shoes. which i found on pinterest. >> reporter: maya found this to be a perfect platform for getting herself out there. >> i found clients who had a bid and were looking for a new graphic designer and happened to see me. >> reporter: she's not the only one. even michelle obama and ann romney are hoping you pay a visit and like what you see. you can get an extra dose of our interests on the "gma" pinterest page. >> you don't need that many words. images speak for themselves.
♪ take me to your best friend's house ♪ back to school time means ma meal-planning for the kids. richard blais is here. i want to ask you about the cookbook. it's "try this at home." it just dropped, as the cool kids say. >> it's "try this hat home." we have a new week cover. it's from my head to your plate. that's my head on a plate. >> this is something everybody could try at home. we're going to guess the secret ingredients. what is the first dish? >> we're back to school. healthy food. this is a caesar's salad. we used kale instead of romaine.
it that has anchovies, the lemon, the garlic. >> i can guess i need a breath mint. >> buttermilk? >> is it a low-fat dressing of some sort? >> close. i'm going make the big reveal. you want to do it? >> big reveal. >> it's tofu. >> oh. how did you do it? >> it's usually made with an emulsion of eggs and oil. we replaced it with a soft tofu. >> it's good. the mac and cheese. >> stick to your ribs food. everyone loves it. my i had cans could live on it. it's got cheese, macaroni. can you guess the secret healthy ingredient. >> um, buttermilk? >> is there a theme here? i don't know.
i don't know, richard. it takes right. >> you're so close. >> oh. >> greek yogurt. >> what does that replace? >> a lot of the butter and flour. >> it's so good. i need that recipe for my kids. >> how about chili? >> it is meaty. all the traditional spites spices. you have a little bit of worcestershire. >> there's not as much meat in it. >> we're this the right direction. >> it's right there. >> tofu? >> nrmilk. >> sit -- >> it's -- >> garbanzo beans and mushrooms. mushrooms have the flavor of savory.
>> as we try this one. you have the new show coming out, "life after top chef." it premiers october 3rd. follows me and three cast mates from "top chef" around. gets into our regular lives. >> what is this? >> chocolate pudding or mousse. it's got chocolate in it. >> cocoa powder. >> oh, my gosh. no way. >> avocado. >> i can taste it now. i knew it. >> a good natural fat. it's pure rks d. >> if i can get my kids to eat this, you're any new hero. >> find the recipes on goodmorningamerica.com. coming up, it's mandisa, performing live. ♪ ♪ it's a good morning we're waking up to a brapd new day ♪
back now with mandisa. she has a number one hit, strong e, from her current album. and she's here are christian music star toby mac. they're going to perform in a moment. wonderful to have you both here. lara was talking to you. this is all about new beginnings. >> that's right. every day is a new day for me. take it one day at a time. >> uh huh, this, too, shall pass. you got a new one dropping tomorrow, don't you? >> i do. i'm really spited. eye on it comes out tomorrow. poured everything i had into it. >> as you always do. i'm so looking forward to this next one. it gets you going. thank you both very much. now performing, good morning, from the latest album, what if we were real, give it up, mandisa and toby mac.
♪ ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ wake up wake up yesterday because i'm leaving it behind me ♪ ♪ hello sunshine come what may i feel something new inside me ♪ ♪ i hear the birds singing now my alarm's ringing ♪ ♪ get up get up hey it's a good morning wake up to a brand new day ♪ ♪ this morning stepping on my way ♪ ♪ good morning give me strength you give me just what i need ♪ ♪ and i can feel that rihythm i
me oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ slow down breathe in don't move ahead i'm just living in this moment ♪ ♪ i got my arms straight jump out of bed gotta get this party going ♪ ♪ i went to bed dreaming you woke me up singing get up get up hey ♪ ♪ because it's a good morning wake up to brand new day this morning i'm stepping stepping on my way ♪ ♪ good morning you give me strength you give me just what i need ♪ ♪ and i can feel the hope that's rising up in me ♪ ♪ good morning oh oh oh good morning oh oh oh ♪ ♪ now i'm smiling and i'm kissing all my worries good-bye got this feeling ♪ ♪ if i spread my wings i might even fly you are my proout my
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building today. $28million renovation includes wi-fi upgraded security and air- conditioning. maryland state fair back open for business today. it was closed sunday because of the heavy rains. prompted flash flood watches and warnings across our state. over to meteorologist lynette charles to see what we are in store for. we already had rain across the area. one lone shower across cecil county. bel air looks good. we had heavy weather across this earlier, now we are seeing a few peeks of sunshine. that sun-cloud mix, with showers in the forecast, you can see that as we head in to 3:00, scattered showers. temperatures around 84. here is the seven-day forecast as we will dry out towards the middle and the end of the week. now a check of the traffic with loren cook. we are dealing with accidents in baltimore city, a crash on bel air at frank fort
avenue. in downtown baltimore, we are dealing with another accident on charles street at conway street. if you are headed to 895, the problems persist, another crash on frank fort, at the harbor tunnel, expect delays, fort mc henry nice and clear. here is what the west side looks like. no problems to report. katie's new show is coming september 10th at 4:00 in the afternoon. ñ[=
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